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White House Fall Garden Tours

Photo credit: Associated Press

The White House gardens will be open Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 9 to 3. Visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The Kitchen Garden will once again be accessible to tour guests.


The National Park Service will distribute the free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis. If the weather is bad, the tours may be cancelled. Call 202-456-7041 to check. (Although this number didn't work for some callers last year.)


Also, during the garden tours, there will be no public tours of the White House itself.

The White House also posted a list of items not allowed on White House grounds. The list is a bit of a hoot, if you think about what is on it.

Aerosols of any kind
Animals (except guide dogs)
Backpacks (oversized)
Beverages of any kind
Chewing gum
Duffle bags/suitcases
Any pointed object
Electric stun guns
Food of any kind
Knives of any kind

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, and cameras are permitted.